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  1. Rick

    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    The ABT also offers same day rush tickets in the mid to rear orchestra for $35. https://www.metopera.org/Season/Tickets/Rush-Page/ "ABT is offering a limited number of $35 Rush tickets for every ABT performance of the Met Season to be purchased online on a first come, first served basis. Rush ticket purchases will require registering in advance."
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    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    A superb evening indeed. I've been lukewarm about Boylston in the past but she definitely won me over last night. Those fouettes - gosh, so effortless. And Simkin was phenomenal. Abrera and Royal too. My last Don Quixote was with Osipova/Vasiliev a few years ago. I think I enjoyed last night's performance even more.
  3. Thanks everyone for your replies. I bought a ticket for Saturday evening, November 3. The Mariinsky Ballet Apollo (Stravinsky) The Royal Ballet Tarantella (Gottschalk) Paris Opera Ballet Pas de Deux from Agon (Stravinsky) American Ballet Theatre Symphonie Concertante (Mozart)
  4. Apologies if this is the wrong forum but does anyone recall a recent ABT performance of Balanchine's Symphonie Concertante (Mozart)? I'm just trying to anticipate possible casting for November 3 and 4. Thank you. https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2018-2019/Balanchine/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DEV18BalanchineAnnounceMEM&utm_content=version_A Edit: oops, never mind, the photo shows Gillian Murphy and Stella Abrera.
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    Yes, Hallberg is dancing in "Giselle" with the Mariinsky next month with Alina Somova.
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    Is there a reason why there are no female guest artists from the Mariinsky and Bolshoi this season? They were usually dependable for Swan Lake.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Oh that's unfortunate that Cirio is leaving ABT but his tastes appear to lean towards new choreography rather than the classics. I wonder if he will continue the Cirio Collective.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Please forgive my ignorance, but is ENB on the same level or a step up from ABT?
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    I plan to see Bell on Friday. After his astounding debut in R&J I'm really curious to see him in an *evil* role. Should be fun!
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    Devon’s upper body flexibility was fine. What was lacking was a sense of abandon, or surrender. I mean, her Romeo was this tall, dashing Aran Bell who seemed completely in love her, and yet she seemed to feel nothing. She went through the movements without expressing emotion. I think it’s her first time dancing Juliet so hopefully her interpretation will be more convincing next time.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    Aran Bell was amazing. Such command of the stage. Born to play Romeo I thought. Devon was bland as Juliet, not feeling the role at all, though her technique was above reproach.
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    Gorak was wonderful as the Bronze Idol. And I agree that Kimin Kim was incredible. He seemed suspended in midair for most of the ballet. Such a noble, ardent partner for Hee Seo and Gillian Murphy as well. Wow. Same cast on Friday night - definitely worth seeing again.
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    ABT gala

    I really loved the tap piece too! Gillian Murphy, Arron Scott, and all the other dancers exuded so much joy. I hope ABT performs it again soon, perhaps in their fall season.
  14. Rick

    ABT gala

    I really loved the tap piece too! Gillian Murphy, Arron Scott, and all the other dancers exuded so much joy. I hope ABT performs it again soon, perhaps in their fall season.
  15. I attended the entire program yesterday. The Harlequinade excerpts were delightful and made me want to see the entire ballet later in the season. The Michelle Dorrance piece was strikingly inventive in the way it fused tap dance and ballet into a coherent and utterly engaging piece. Afterite was a puzzle, worth seeing for Alessandra Ferri and the unusual choreography (which I thought bore the influences of William Forsythe and Pina Bausch). The narrative, however, wasn't clear to me. What did Misty Copeland, Jeffrey Cirio, and Herman Cornejo represent, and, as discussed above, what was the gas chamber all about? Macauley writes: "Mr. McGregor doesn’t tell his story clearly, but its ambiguities are the point. Though I’ve given away what happens at the climax, I think its element of horror leads us back to the tragic cruelty of Stravinsky’s drama — but this time we follow it from the mother’s point of view." Probably worth seeing again, though I can understand how the symbolism would be deeply offensive to some of the audience members.